Council of Canadians

Canada's Out $28M After NAFTA Ruling Over Ontario Wind Farms

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Business

Ontario's policy decision is now Canada's problem.

Canadian International Assistance Threatens Human Right To Water

Development Unplugged | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

A real transformation of Canada's role in the world will require more than a shift in foreign aid spending and policy. It will require a deeper examination of the ways in which Canadian commercial interests are contributing to social, economic and environmental injustice in the world.

Mel Hurtig, Publisher Of 'The Canadian Encyclopedia,' Dead At 84

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Alberta

"He was a legend in Canadian publishing and a pioneer of progressive causes."

Chrystia Freeland's 'Public' TPP Consultations Are Anything But

Sujata Dey | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Business
Sujata Dey

On the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), International Trade minister Chrystia Freeland has claimed to be in "listening mode." And she says no decision has been made yet. It is widely reported that she is touring the country to hear Canadians on the TPP. But it is not clear whom she is actually consulting.

Shoal Lake's Freedom Road Is Paved In People Power

The Council of Canadians | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Impact
The Council of Canadians

I remember coming home for the holidays a few years ago, around the time of Idle No More, and learning about Shoal Lake through the council. The water we drink in Winnipeg comes from Shoal Lake First Nation, yet the community members themselves cannot drink their own water! I was devastated and angry at such a clear injustice.

I Saw How Europeans Came Together In The Aftermath Of Paris

Sujata Dey | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Living
Sujata Dey

I learned the news from internet sites -- the Bataclan was not very far from me. I know that spot. I discovered that one of the shootings was on Charonne Street. I looked up the address: 92 rue de Charonne, la Belle Équipe restaurant. My address: 125 rue de Charonne. Brent ordered me not to go outside.

Electoral Fraud Took Place In 2011 Vote, Federal Judge Rules

National Post | Stephen Maher & Glen McGregor | Posted 10.11.2015 | Canada Politics

There is no proof that it affected the outcomes in six ridings at issue, so the elections will not be overturned.

Strong Voter Registration Campaigns Scare Stephen Harper

Nick Fillmore | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

The primary objective of Stephen Harper's absurdly-named Fair Elections Act is to prevent hundreds of thousands of Canadians from voting for the NDP, Liberals, Greens, etc. They know that a large number of people -- students, marginalized people and First Nations -- will have a hard time voting. There needs to be close co-operation among groups to make sure that as many people as possible -- particularly people in some 70 ridings where the Conservatives are vulnerable -- have the identification they need to vote.

Stricter ID Rules Could Disenfranchise Voters, Groups Say

CP | Matt Ingram, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.02.2016 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Denying people the ability to use voter identification cards as valid ID at the polls could disenfranchise tens of thousands of eligible vot...

Groups Call On NEB To Suspend Energy East Pipeline Application

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Business

TORONTO - More than 60 organizations are calling on the National Energy Board to suspend TransCanada's application for the Energy East Pipeline.Groups...

Energy East Pipeline Threatens Drinking Water, Barlow Says

CBC | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada Business

A Canadian social action organization opposing the Energy East pipeline says the project puts Winnipeg's drinking water supply at risk. TransCanada'...

Canadians Want Fracking Moratorium: Poll

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Business

A large majority of Canadians would support a moratorium on fracking until there is conclusive evidence that it’s safe, according to a new poll. ...

This Video Will Show You What You Need to Know About the Energy East Pipeline

Sujata Dey | Posted 11.15.2014 | Canada Impact
Sujata Dey

Energy East 101, a four-minute animation released today by the Council of Canadians and Equiterre, is set to take the Internet by storm. Using a technique known as "handimation," the short video gives a comprehensive background on the controversial Energy East pipeline proposed by TransCanada.

Why Pipeline Safety Audit Should Have You Worried

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Problems flagged in the National Energy Board's audit of TransCanada Corp.'s pipeline safety practices should have Canadians worried, a grou...

Canada Caved To ‘Outrageous' U.S. Demands In Trade Talks: Report

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

The federal government is staying quiet on reports it has caved to U.S. demands on intellectual property and copyright issues in a new Pacific trade d...

Harper, Learn to Balance Your Desire For Profit With Our Democratic Rights

Stuart Trew | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Stuart Trew

According to our poll, 54 per cent of Canadians said they oppose giving special protections to EU firms, "similar to the protections American investors in Canada have as part of free trade with the U.S. [that] let them sue Canadian governments if they feel a government policy, including an environmental policy, unfairly affects their investment or profits in Canada."

Lose the Double Standard Around Foreign Investment in Canada

Yves Engler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Yves Engler

Should the "right" of a foreign corporation to make a profit trump governments' attempts to create local jobs, improve environmental regulations or establish laws that raise royalty rates? Most Canadians would say no. But that's what the Conservative government is pushing poor countries to accept if they want Canadian investment.

NAFTA Hazard? Canada Sued Over Quebec Fracking Ban

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Free trade critics say a $250-million damage suit being pursued as a result of Quebec's moratorium on fracking is proof Canada needs to be ca...

Harper's CETA Priority Is to Protect Big Corporations, Not Human Rights

Dave Coles | Posted 08.04.2013 | Canada Politics
Dave Coles

The government's position on CETA seems to be that moves benefiting multinational corporations are good policy, but nominal human rights commitments are cumbersome or even a threat. What does this say about the Conservatives' priorities?

Nestle Denies It's Trying To ‘Drain' Ontario Town

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada Business

The multinational food giant Nestle has been accused of attempting to “drain” an Ontario town of its water as the company fights to remove newly-p...

Why Aren't Canadian MPs Paying Their Taxes?

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 08.04.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

No politician or citizen stands above the law, and each citizen must pay income taxes. When the lawmakers fail to follow their own regulations, citizens should demand better. In order to take parliamentary suggestions and regulations on tax avoidance and evasion seriously, citizens should feel confident that their MPs, first and foremost, are following the rules.

Harper Accused Of ‘Bullying' Provinces

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Business

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been accused of “bullying” provincial governments into signing on to the Canada-EU free trade deal, after Newfou...

Althia Raj

'Robocalls' Fraud Prompts Calls For Accountability | Althia Raj | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The electoral fraud committed by someone with access to the federal Conservative Party’s database of voter information has prompted calls...

Can This Network Really Take on Harper?

Nick Fillmore | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

The creation of Common Causes gave me hope. I have long felt that we desperately need a hard-nosed civil society movement that will challenge the Conservatives with massive campaigns drawing on the resources of hundreds of groups. Common Causes may be able to build an effective forum and voice for Canada's liberal-minded, progressive community but, as we have been in Quebec, this can take years.

Things Get Testy In The Robocalls Courtroom

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The robocalls court challenge took a testy turn Wednesday over the tweets and treatment of one of its star witnesses.Conservative party lawye...